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Family and Carers

Family and carers have typically not been informed about or included in their loved one’s assessment and planning processes. NDIS does not have a broad understanding of who might constitute a person’s family, carer or other significant support person. These critical informal supports are often ‘hidden’ and include children or community members in culturally diverse communities. 

Many barriers exist to understanding or acknowledging the caring role taken on by family and friends exist. This includes stigma; a blurring of family roles and responsibilities; or simply different perspectives on how a person is supported. Discussion of what supports are provided and what burden is taken on by families and friends to provide the support required are straining these relationships.